University of Technology Sydney

C09100v1 Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) (BForSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 092385E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) provides students with training and skills required for undertaking research in forensic science as well as further developing their investigative and communication skills in the forensic science context.

Honours students have access to staff who are leading researchers and experts in their fields. The course also offers the opportunity for students to undertake a research project within one of the research groups at UTS or collaboratively with an external organisation. Undertaking an honours course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. Honours also provides a pathway for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies at master's and doctorate level, and enhances graduates' career and study options.

Course aims

This course aims to produce professional forensic scientists with highly adaptable and practical scientific skills and to develop critical thinking, communication and research skills.

Career options

Career options include positions in government or private forensic science services, drug detection or toxicology, environmental chemistry, analytical or biological laboratories, government agencies, information or cybersecurity investigation, digital fraud detection, and state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Demonstrate an advanced command of forensic science knowledge and practice, including the application of current and emerging processes and technologies to a research question.
1.2 Analyse: Review, interpret, and evaluate information through appropriate hypotheses and statistical methods.
1.3 Synthesise: Adapt and integrate information from forensic analyses or research and existing literature into new knowledge, processes, or professional practice.
2.1 Apply: Employ investigative and problem-solving skills to evaluate research data and identify challenges in contemporary forensic science.
2.2 Analyse: Critically appraise experimental methods, results, data and academic literature with independence.
2.3 Synthesise: Adapt knowledge and professional skills to generate solutions to complex problems in forensic science.
3.1 Apply: Develop safe, ethical, and responsible professional conduct through work-integrated learning and/or research.
3.2 Analyse: Plan and execute a major research project in collaboration with other scientists.
3.3 Synthesise: Discuss the impact and role of forensic science in addressing current and future challenges faced by law enforcement, the legal system, security, and the wider community, and contribute to that impact through original research.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate self-directed learning skills with a high degree of personal autonomy.
4.2 Analyse: Discover new information to refine methods, formulate hypotheses and inferences, and reflect on personal professional development.
4.3 Synthesise: Integrate initiative and innovative thinking through creative problem solving applied to new situations or challenges in forensic science practice and research.
5.1 Apply: Effectively document and communicate scientific discovery or research to peers and other scientific audiences.
5.2 Analyse: Exhibit high-quality oral presentation and written scientific communication skills through self and peer appraisal.
5.3 Synthesise: Coherently present complex ideas conclusions, expert opinion, and the justification of professional decisions to expert, scientific, and general audiences.
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to forensic science.
6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The honours program is normally open to students who have attained at least a credit average over the final two-thirds of the undergraduate program.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 48 credit points of study, consisting of two academic stages. The major component of the course (75 per cent) is a research project that extends over the full duration of the course and normally takes the form of an experimental investigation. The project is undertaken within one of the research groups at UTS in an area of forensic science. Projects may also be undertaken in collaboration with an external partner. Projects are chosen by the student, although first preferences cannot always be accommodated. As part of the project, students undertake a critical review of the existing literature in their research area and develop a research plan for the year. The results of the project are presented in an oral seminar and in a written thesis, both of which are formally assessed. The remaining 25 per cent is the coursework component, in which students complete two professional development subjects.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Total 48cp

Course program

The course commences in either Autumn or Spring session. The program shown assumes full-time attendance. Not all subjects may be available.

Professional recognition

Graduates from this course are eligible to become members of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, is available from UTS: Science.